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Bear Hollow Zoo, Athens

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#2 of 6 in Parks in Athens
Bear Hollow is a facility of the ACC Department of Leisure Services. Since it's creation in the late 1940's, the zoo has undergone many changes having started as a private collection of wild animals, which had been donated to the Athens zoo. Currently, the zoo contains only non-releasable native wildlife housed in natural habitat exhibits. The zoo is always growing and changing thanks to community support through volunteers and donations,yet it always remains committed to conservation through the education of its visitors. By educating the public, by allowing even one person to forge a lasting connection with an animal, Bear Hollow helps motivate people to protect wildlife and the habitats that they depend upon.

Bear Hollow relies heavily upon donations and the commitment of many volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering or helping the zoo in any way, please contact us!
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  • Every time we come to Athens we have to make a trip to Bear Hollow. Because of the location and proximity to downtown it's the perfect meeting place for friends and it's always a good way to entertain...  more »
  • This is a small zoo, with only a few exhibits. It's perfect for small children, but older kids would probably find it boring. It's free, which is a plus. We go there if we are looking for something to...  more »
  • Entire wildlife exhibit can be viewed in 30 minutes. Very scenic and quaint local attraction. My kids 12 and 9 really enjoyed it.  more »
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  • This is a cute, little, public zoo open to the public. You don't pay anything to go in and walk around. All the animals are rescues and seem well taken care of. The enclosures looked tidy. The zoo walkways were clean, and they were playing Jack Johnson in the background. It was an overall enjoyable experience.
  • The coolest little park zoo. Free and has a few really neat animals. Great little stop for the kids or just a relaxing day out. Self guided tour.
  • Best free zoo around kinda has a Disney land vibe from the music they play
  • Awesome place for families and/or visiting guests.
  • Great place for everyone. They have injured/rehabilitated wild animals that cannot be reintroduced to the natural environment.

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